Health & Well-being

Switch Lifestyles


The POA are delighted to have signed up with an Exclusive Associate to Vitality Health and Life Insurance who are called Switch Lifestyles.

We will be launching the membership benefits package on the POA Website from Monday 26th April 2021 and POA members and retired members will be able to save money on a variety of benefits. These savings are exclusive to the POA membership and their families.

In many cases if the benefits are taken advantage of by being a POA member this could mean saving more in a year than the cost of your annual POA member subscription which in effect means your POA membership was free.

Further information can be found at the link:


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POA Health Cash Plan

As a POA member, you have access to the Health4All health cash plan from BHSF.
A health cash plan is an excellent way to manage the cost of your everyday healthcare; pay a small monthly premium and you can claim cash back on dental, optical and therapy treatments, plus much more.

If you have dental check-ups twice a year, or wear glasses or contact lenses, you can claim cash back towards their cost.

The plan also covers a range of complementary therapy treatments, including osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropody, plus much more.

Also included is access to a range of health and wellbeing services including a GP helpline, 24/7 counselling and information helpline and discounted gym membership.

To find out more and view the full list of benefits available visit

You can request an application form by calling BHSF on 0121 629 1090 or emailing


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Vision Express is working in partnership with The POA to provide you and your family members with discounts on your eye care. Our Vision Select scheme is your unique benefit package allowing for the following savings:

  • Free eye test, including digital retinal photography, upon purchase of eyewear over £50
  • Current national offer (e.g. 2 for 1 designer glasses) or save £30 on complete prescription glasses
  • Three Months Supply of Soft Disposable Contact Lenses when you join the contact lens Direct Debit scheme- terms and conditions apply
  • 10% off non prescription sunglasses
  • Additional vouchers for a friend or family member

In order to obtain these discounts please follow the below link to your POA specific website and register your details. Simply print off your voucher and take in to your local Vision Express store.

To locate your nearest store and book an appointment please follow the below link to the Vision Express website

Further in store benefits:

  • Total Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Price Match
  • Money Back Guarantee
  • Lifetime Glasses Service
  • Interest Free Credit – See now, pay later


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The POA has launched a confidential telephone helpline offering a Free service to members suffering from stress and in need of support. If you're affected by stress and would like to get help and support, call 0800 107 6585. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Do you need to talk to a Counsellor right now? The POA confidential stress & support counselling phone line gives you the chance to talk to a professional counsellor from a place where you feel comfortable at a time to suit you.

The service is very simple to use:

Call 0800 107 6585

Say you are a member of POA, you will then be transferred to a counsellor.

It's as simple as that. Callers can talk to counsellors from the comfort of their own home at a time that suits them.

Members also have access to the Health Assured portal, if they prefer not to talk to someone. The portal contains lots of wellbeing resources and emotional health support. The portal can be access by logging in to the following link

Log in details can be found at POA Circular 059/2020

We understand that trying to get counselling can be a challenge in itself. Arranging everything through a GP can take months and at a time of crisis it is important to speak to someone who can listen and provide counselling immediately.

Through the POA confidential stress & support counselling phone line you can talk through your problems with a professional as soon as you need to, at a time to suit you.

The fully qualified Counsellors will deal with your call in the strictest confidence. Details of your call will not be passed on to any third parties under any circumstances.

Call freephone 0800 107 6585


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Physical Rehabilitation Services for the POA

The POA is delighted to announce a major new service to members. You can now benefit from professional therapy and rehabilitation courses.

The wellbeing of our members is of paramount importance to us. It is a sad fact that - owing to professional or personal circumstances – many of our members are in need of rehabilitation services. The POA are determined to address these issues, by providing assistance to those in need.

The rehabilitation courses can help with a wide variety of conditions. Typically, the courses can help people with physical conditions – for example back injuries, chronic pain and mobility problems, including those who need additional psychological support. Nursing and recuperation services are also available, to assist with post-injury or post-operative recovery.

The rehabilitation is in the form of a one or two week residential course, run by The Fire Fighters Charity, who have unrivalled knowledge of how to treat injured professionals. The therapy programmes are a mixture of individual and group sessions, but are tailored specifically to your condition. Once your needs are assessed you will join a structured programme, utilising the state-of-the-art facilities and benefiting from access to a highly experienced team of therapy professionals. The aim of the programme is to improve your condition, but there is also an emphasis on education and self-management. At the end of your stay, a discharge summary is provided, designed to help you manage your condition more effectively in future.

This new service is free of charge to members contributing to the POA Welfare Fund. The POA Welfare Fund Charity will fund your place on the therapy programme, but with a limited number of places available, the POA will assess every application on a needs basis, and will allocate places as fairly as possible, based on individual need.

If you feel you could benefit from this service, you are invited to apply by calling Carol Strahan at the POA on 0208 884 5693 or email

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.